Hello people of TWG™ and whoever stumbled upon this article! I am Ninoslav Maricic and I will be your host for another episode of "Talking to Myself". In this article, I will be talking about Raw that aired on April 8th 2013.
I have been watching wrestling for a long time and I can honestly say that I have never seen a more entertaining episode of Raw and the fact that it was the best episode of Raw had nothing to do with anything WWE did. It had nothing to do with the matches that were scheduled, wrestlers that appeared on the show or promos they held. The reason why I liked that show was the fans.
The show started with John Cena coming out to flash his newly won WWE championship belt, just to get booed by the audience. By the way, did anyone notice the new shirt he was wearing? "The champ is here" with an arrow pointing downward? Sure, there is a WWE title belt drawn below the arrow, but please don't tell me you didn't find that shirt funny. Basically implying that the champ is... you know... No?
Anyway, Cena came out to suck up to the fans as usual and got booed so loud you could barely hear the cheers. I'm sure everyone is already used to it, but I don't understand why is he still doing it. I understand that he and WWE want the people to like him, but can't they see that what they are doing is not working? The kids love him, so they can't make him do a heel turn (it would be like shooting the Santa and Easter bunny on live TV), but if they want people to like him, all they have to do is make him stop sucking up to the fans. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin never sucked up to the fans. The Undertaker never sucked up to the fans. Kane never sucked up to the fans. Everybody hated The Rock until he said "You know what? I hate you too!".
I digressed. Anyway, during the entire show the fans were cheering the "wrong" people and chanting the "wrong" names. They even hummed Fandango's theme during his match with Kofi Kingston. Naturally, thanks to that John Cena decided to do a little dance during his match with Mark Henry to suck up to the fans again.
The biggest surprise to me was the match between Sheamus and Randy Orton. Looking at the achievements of these two one would say that that match is a high profile match worthy of a PPV main event. And the audience loves these two, right? Well, the match barely started and the fans decided to start a "boring" chant. They started that same chant a few more times during the match along with "Randy Savage", "RVD", "EC Dub", "JBL", "Jerry" and "Cole" chants. That's right, folks! The fans were chanting Michael Cole's name during Orton vs. Sheamus match! The fans hated that match so much that they actually chanted "Thank you Big Show!" when Big Show came out to interfere in the match.
Dolph Ziggler finally cashed in his "Money in the Bank" briefcase to win the World Championship title. The fans loved it even though Dolph never sucked up to the fans either. They hated Cena's countout victory over Mark Henry. Mark Henry decided to attack John Cena after the match ended, but Ryback stopped him. Ryback then attacked John Cena and the fans loved it. It seems that if you want the fans to love someone, all you have to do is have them attack John Cena.
I have checked the WWE website and in their recap of Raw they thanked the fans for their participation and their enthusiasm during the show. They also wrote that they are glad they had fun. I would have no problem with that if only the fans didn't have to entertain themselves. They literally stole the show and they are the ones responsible for that show being so good. WWE should have payed them to be on that show and the wrestlers that were on the show should have bought tickets to perform there.
I haven't seen Smackdown yet, but I do hope that the fans continue to act like that. Boo people you are supposed to cheer, cheer people you are supposed to boo, chant the names of the people that are not even in the match, etc. Maybe even chant someones name and then boo him when he comes out or go nuts when a "nobody" enters the ring and let the "big stars" hear crickets when they enter the ring. Also start "boring" chants at random during matches and promos no matter who is in the ring. Promoters and bookers are already confused as it is and have no idea what to do and I would love to see them go crazy over the reactions from the audience if things like that start happening.
This could be the beginning of a new era in professional wrestling. An era in which the people will tune in to see what will the wrestling fans come up with and do to confuse the bookers, promoters and even the performers in the ring.
Meanwhile, Fandango's theme went high in iTunes charts (number 2 in UK, number 3 in USA, number 10 in Australia). In fact, some say that it went higher then any other WWE song ever did. People started requesting that song to be played at various sports events and everyone is "Fandangoing" to it (look it up if you never heard of "Fandangoing"). Fandango's theme song is the new hit in the world and even though some say that this is a chance for WWE to capitalise big on Fandango, I would have to disagree. It will most likely blow over soon and even if it doesn't, WWE will find a way to screw it up.
Well, this all I have for you this time. I am Ninoslav Maricic and you were reading "Talking to Myself: Best Raw Ever". I will be back next week with another article and until then, I bid you DAH DAH DAH DAH DA DA DA DA DA!
nedjelja, 14. travnja 2013.
Talking to Myself: Best Raw Ever
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